This week we talked to our CEO and Founder, Folake Oguntebi and asked her ‘What’s good about her alma maters – Stanford (undergrad), Harvard Kennedy School (MPA) and Columbia Business School (MBA)’ Here’s what she had to say:
I am incredibly blessed to have gone to such amazing schools – I was definitely a nerd growing up (still am) and going to top schools was my dream ever since I was a little girl.
I loved Stanford the moment I set foot on its beautiful campus. Most of my best friends to this day are from Stanford (including most of the extras in our crowdfunding video ;-). I like to think of Stanford as where “cool, smart kids go.” Everyone there was brilliant, but most people were pretty down-to-earth and humble. My biggest takeaway from Stanford was feeling like the world really is my oyster and that I can do anything I set my mind to.
The Kennedy School grounded my professional aspirations in the social sector. I enjoyed the exposure to so many world leaders who have opted to use their talents to make the world a better place (as cheesy as it sounds). My friends from HKS are doing really impressive things across the social sector and I am continually inspired by their accomplishments.
And Columbia was great for many reasons including the “New York effect”- this city attracts such ambitious, curious, passionate, motivated people doing big things – and CBS is a microcosm of that. Given my “non-traditional” background when I started business school, I expected to feel like a fish out of water there, but quickly found a home in the school’s social enterprise program. I cut my teeth in the business world at Columbia and my experience there lay the foundation for pursuing this very venture!